New text line launched for Batavia Downs race office July 5, 2024

Batavia, NY — All connections of horses pointed towards racing at Batavia Downs this year should note that a new text line has been established to relay vital information regarding draws and racing action for the upcoming meet that will start on Saturday, July 27. Horsemen and women can sign up for this service by texting bataviadowns to 732.363.7700. Subscribing to this service will be … Continue reading New text line launched for Batavia Downs race office »

Tom Agosti appointed as race secretary at Batavia Downs July 3, 2024

Batavia, NY — Don Hoover, Director of Live Racing at Batavia Downs, has announced that Tom Agosti has been named as the new race secretary for Batavia Downs starting with the 2024 summer/fall live meet. “Since coming to Batavia, I have been serving double-duty as both director of live racing and race secretary and in order to have both positions be better managed, I have … Continue reading Tom Agosti appointed as race secretary at Batavia Downs »

William M. “Mark” Gilmour, 63, dies April 22, 2024

Mark Gilmour of Orchard Park, New York, passed away on Friday (April 19) after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Mr. Gilmour was a lifelong member of the harness racing community, having been born into it as the son of Hall of Fame driver and trainer Buddy Gilmour, grandson of Hall of Fame driver and trainer Levi Harner and nephew of five Gilmour uncles who … Continue reading William M. “Mark” Gilmour, 63, dies »

Kash was king at Batavia Monday February 27, 2024

Batavia, NY — The horses lined up for the final time this winter at Batavia Downs on Monday (Feb. 26) and the card featured a $12,000 conditioned pace that was won by Ball Diamond (Keith Kash Jr.), who claimed her second win of the year. Ball Diamond got away in the pocket behind Lanas Desire (Dave McNeight III) who paced to the half in :58.1. … Continue reading Kash was king at Batavia Monday »

Flyhawk El Fuerte wins $20,000 final at Batavia Downs February 23, 2024

Batavia, NY — The finals of the Western New York Trackmaster Series for trotters were held at Batavia Downs on Thursday (Feb. 22) and in the main event, Flyhawk El Fuerte pulled off the upset in the $20,000 TM79 division. P C Foreign Affair (Jim Morrill Jr.) grabbed the lead from post eight and maintained a gapped advantage through quarters of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.4 … Continue reading Flyhawk El Fuerte wins $20,000 final at Batavia Downs »

Long Train Runnin wins fifth in Batavia series final February 20, 2024

Batavia, NY — Batavia Downs hosted the $93,000 finals of the Western New York Trackmaster Series on Monday (Feb.19) and in the featured TM79 match-up for $20,000, Long Train Runnin ran his win streak to five to claim the winner’s share of the purse. Proven Desire (John Cummings Jr.) led the field at the quarter, but then watched as stablemate Long Train Runnin (Billy Davis … Continue reading Long Train Runnin wins fifth in Batavia series final »

$93,000 WNYTM Series final Monday at Batavia Downs February 19, 2024

Batavia, NY — The Western New York Trackmaster Series finals and consolation races for pacers will be held at Batavia Downs on Monday afternoon (Feb. 19) and $93,000 in total purses will be in play for the participating horses. The series is broken into three groups: TM 79, TM75 and TM71 and seeding for the finals and consolations were determined by money-earnings from the four … Continue reading $93,000 WNYTM Series final Monday at Batavia Downs »

It was a triple feature at Batavia Downs Thursday February 16, 2024

Batavia, NY — After a lengthy respite, winter returned to western New York as persistent snow and wind kept things challenging for the Thursday afternoon (Feb. 15) card at Batavia Downs. The program featured the three top weekly classes and two big efforts from the meet’s leading drivers. The $14,000 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares was up first and Imprincessgemma A (Brett Beckwith) … Continue reading It was a triple feature at Batavia Downs Thursday »

Long Train Runnin, Proven Desire win big at Batavia Downs February 13, 2024

Batavia, NY — The fourth and final leg of the Western New York Trasckmaster Series for pacers was held at Batavia Downs on Monday afternoon (Feb. 12) and after the dust had settled, both Long Train Runnin and Proven Desire will enter the Trackmaster 79 division finals unbeaten. In his $9,000 division, Long Train Runnin (Dave McNeight III) led the field off the gate but … Continue reading Long Train Runnin, Proven Desire win big at Batavia Downs »

Convincing winners take co-features at Batavia Downs February 9, 2024

Batavia, NY — The weekly $15,000 top-class events for both gaits were carded on Thursday afternoon (Feb. 8) at Batavia Downs and the winner of both races claimed their first victory of the year in impressive fashion. The Open Handicap trot was won by City Of Hope (Kevin Cummngs) who turned a three-wide move into a 1-¼ length victory. City Of Hope got away fifth … Continue reading Convincing winners take co-features at Batavia Downs »